Al-Jazeera Agrees Not to Show Footage of Toulouse Murder (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 03/27/12)
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In response to French President Nicholas Sarkozy´s press conference
Tuesday, the pan-Arabic satellite network Al-Jazeera agreed to
refrain from broadcasting the video taken by Mohammed Merah, the
Muslim terrorist who opened fire on a Jewish school, killing three
children and their teacher.
Al Jazeera had obtained the video footage and a letter, which was
contained on a USB key.
Zied Tarrouche, the station’s Paris bureau chief, said the letter was
written in poor French with spelling and grammar errors and claimed
the killings were carried out in the name of al-Qaeda, wire services
“You can hear gunshots at the moment of the killings. You can hear
the voice of this person who has committed these assassinations. You
can hear also the cries of the victims, and the voices were
distorted,” Mr. Tarrouche said.
“It’s a video montage of the various killings set to music and
readings from the Koran,” a police source told the AFP.
Merah, who had previously boasted of filming his killings, was
reportedly wearing a camera around his neck to record the attack. The
footage appears to have been taken from the point of view of the
killer. While the footage has been reported to be a bit shaky, it is
of a high technical quality.
Tarrouche said investigators have been interviewing employees at the
Paris bureau about the footage, but it is not yet clear when the
footage was received or who had sent it.
Sarkozy also said affirmed that French security services would launch
a hunt for Islamic extremists following the killing spree. "Are there
other Merahs? All the security, intelligence and police services in
democratic countries are on the lookout," Sarkozy told France Info
He also asserted that the interior and justice ministries have been
ordered to engage in a systematic evaluation of potential threats.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/27/12)
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